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We hope you enjoy living in your home and you decorate it to your liking. Residents usually pay for their own renovations, but you may receive a rebate for certain modifications if you stop living in the unit before the end of the rebate period. Residents are responsible for carrying out the modifications and are liable for the costs and maintenance required while they are living in a Vaso home.

Modifications must not jeopardise fire safety or other housing safety or cause a health hazard.

Residents must not perform HVAC or electrical work or installations themselves. The HVAC or electrical contractor must submit an installation or measurement report. If necessary, they must demonstrate their qualifications for the work.

Modifications must comply with the official regulations and installation instructions with due care and professionalism.

Modifications performed during construction should be agreed upon with the owner of the building (Vaso) or the party designated by Vaso.

Modification permit

You must get written permission from the property manager before you start any modifications.

If you make modifications without permission, you may be required to pay for the repairs and/or restoration.

You can submit a digital modification work application to the property manager using OmaVaso. Alternatively, you can contact your property manager if you do not use the OmaVaso portal.

Residents are responsible for carrying out the modifications and are liable for the costs and maintenance required while they are living in a Vaso home.

Rebates for modifications

Modifications are eligible for rebates if the costs are reasonable in light of previous modifications and the quantity and value of the work and supplies. Note: the total value of modifications eligible for rebates may not exceed 20% of the original right-of-occupancy fee. The amount exceeding 20% is not eligible for a rebate. Rebates are paid for modifications as part of the handover price (when the right-of-occupancy fee is refunded). The holder of the right of occupancy must submit receipts for the modification to the property manager when the work is finished. If the modification was done by a professional, work specifications relating to work, such as the installation of underfloor heating, should be submitted along with the receipts. Rebates will only be paid for reasonable costs of work done by professionals. Note: a bill or order confirmation is not a receipt

Maximum acceptable value of modifications

Modifications that are significantly disproportionate to the right-of-occupancy fee will not be fully eligible for rebates. The total value of additional work and modifications eligible for rebates may not exceed 20% of the original right-of-occupancy fee. The amount exceeding 20% is not eligible for a rebate.

Annual depreciation

The purchase prices of accepted reasonable improvements are added together:

Modifications eligible for rebates are amortised over 5 years from the payment date stated on the receipt for the modification. The modification is amortised at a rate of 20% per year. The calculation is based on a monthly rate; only full months are considered.

If the costs or residual value of the modifications are less than EUR 100 when you move out, no rebate will be paid.

Changes to rebates for modifications

Vaso will not pay rebates for modifications if the resident has failed to follow the instructions for installing the modification.

The national housing authorities may issue guidance on assessing modifications. Subsequent guidance may also have a retroactive effect on rebates for modifications. In addition, Vaso reserves the right to reassess rebates for modifications if, for example, substantial changes occur in the housing market, and the rebates for modifications could affect the marketing of right-of-occupancy homes or increase the vacancy rate of homes. Vaso will withhold rebates for modifications that are not properly installed according to the installation instructions.

Open the list below for more detailed instructions.

WindowsPermitted, no permit requiredPermitted, the property manager must grant advance permissionForbiddenModification eligible for rebate when moving out
Installation of white or silver-grey Venetian blinds between windows (must be left in the housing unit when moving out)x
Curtain rails (must be left in the housing unit when moving out)x
Window tinting                         x
Window ledgesx

Wall, ceiling and floor surfacesPermitted, no permit requiredPermitted, the property manager must grant advance permissionForbiddenModification eligible for rebate when moving out
Stencil, structural or basic painting of residential premises (note: does not apply to full-height windows)x
Wallpapering of residential premises (note: does not apply to full-height windows)x
Painting over the painted walls of bathrooms and separate toilet roomsx
Wallpapering a painted wall or painting a wallpapered wall (wallpaper must be removed before painting)x
Installing hooks, shelves, towel hooks and swivel towel racks in wet rooms or on tiled wallsx
D-C-Fix interior decoration decalsx
Installing tiles or panels between kitchen work surfaces and cupboardsx
Panelling sauna walls or replacing the boardsx
Tinting the saunax
Moving and removing of walls, making openings in wallsx
Replacing the flooring (permitted materials: parquet, laminate, tiles, and vinyl boards)xx
Bathroom tiling and waterproofingxx
Changes affecting load-bearing structures, changes to the facadex
Tile painting, wet roomsx
Tile painting between kitchen work surfaces and cupboardsx

Partition doors within housing unitsPermitted, no permit requiredPermitted, the property manager must grant advance permissionForbiddenModification eligible for rebate when moving out
Replacing partition doorsx
Adding partition doorsx
Replacing sliding doorsx

Fixtures and cabinetsPermitted, no permit requiredPermitted, the property manager must grant advance permissionForbiddenModification eligible for rebate when moving out
Adding moveable household cupboards and cabinetsx
Removing fixturesx
Changing handlesx
Adding fixed cupboards and cabinetsx
Replacing the doors of cupboards and cabinetsx
Installing or replacing mirror cabinetsx
Installing or replacing cabinets below sinksx
Painting fixturesx
Painting kitchen cabinet doorsx
Painting/sanding stairs/handrails in residential unitsx
Installing screws, nails, stickers and hooks in fixturesx

Water and sewage systemsPermitted, no permit requiredPermitted, the property manager must grant advance permissionForbiddenModification eligible for rebate when moving out
Installing a dishwasher in a home with a reserved place for onex
Installing a washing machinex
Changing the toilet seatx
Tiling a separate toilet roomxx
Installing a shower wallx
Shower cubicle with trayx
Installing/replacing water points, taps and showersx

Electrical equipmentPermitted, no permit requiredPermitted, the property manager must grant advance permissionForbiddenModification eligible for rebate when moving out
LED lighting in the saunax
Replacing the sauna stovex
Replacing electrical outlets and ceiling plug socketsx
Adding/replacing lighting fixturesx
Adding/replacing domestic appliancesx

Exterior doors to the housing unitPermitted, no permit requiredPermitted, the property manager must grant advance permissionForbiddenModification eligible for rebate when moving out
Installing a peephole, safety chain, hinge pin, or security lock (the installed equipment is left in the home when moving out)x
Ordering additional keys from Vasox
Changes to exterior doorsx

HeatingPermitted, no permit requiredPermitted, the property manager must grant advance permissionForbiddenModification eligible for rebate when moving out
Purchasing an air-source heat pumpxx

Yard area or balcony for the housing unit’s usePermitted, no permit requiredPermitted, the property manager must grant advance permissionForbiddenModification eligible for rebate when moving out
Painting yard fences in the same shadex
Repainting the terrace with tinted wood oilx
Adding shelves to an outdoor storage room/storage room for moveable itemsx
Installing decorative paving in the yardx
Installing a charging point for electric carsxx
Installing white or silver-grey Venetian blinds on a balconyx
Balcony glazing (note: requires a building permit)x
Attaching fastening hooks to the balcony ceilingx
Cat net for a balcony (must be removed when moving out)x
Cat cage in the yardx
Installing decals on balcony glazingx
Building a deck, tiling a yardxx
Removing or adding trees or bushes in the resident’s own areax
Net fencing of a yard, e.g., animal fences (must be dismantled when moving out)x
Pavilions (lightweight, moveable)x
Light-transmitting plastic roofing x
Awningsx
Trampoline in the unit’s own yardx
Trampoline in a shared yardx
Mini greenhouse in the unit’s own yardx
Open or sealed composter in the unit’s own yardx
Satellite dishesx
Hot tub or outdoor jacuzzix
Swimming pool in the unit’s own yard, filled from the unit’s own water pointx
Playhouse, outdoor storage area in the unit’s own yardx

Equipment for seniors and people with disabilitiesPermitted, no permit requiredPermitted, the property manager must grant advance permissionForbiddenModification eligible for rebate when moving out
For example, handles, higher toilet seats, fixtures, safety phones, electric doors, threshold rampsx